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Who We Are.

Everything we do, every day, is rooted in opportunity. It’s embedded within our corporate purpose, our people and our culture. Together, we have a remarkable opportunity to educate the world.


What drives us

Our passion is rooted in enhancing student experiences and building partnerships that reflect our strong values and ethical stewardship. We believe our success is directly linked to the success of every student.

Our Story

Shorelight was founded on the belief that higher education is experiencing a period of profound transformation. Innovative universities across the country are considering new models and initiatives that will benefit from a vested education partner who shares their vision, values, and ambitions.


Shorelight creates extraordinary opportunities for students, universities, and counselors from all over the world. Together, we’re changing the face of higher education in the United States for international students.

Leadership Team

Tom Dretler Chief Executive Officer + Co-Founder

Tom Dretler

Chief Executive Officer + Co-Founder

Tom is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Shorelight Education.

Prior to co-founding Shorelight in 2013, Tom was for 13-years the CEO of Eduventures, a best-practices and benchmarking organization that works with more than 500 top U.S. universities. Tom also was an executive-in-residence at Sterling Partners, a private equity firm that invests in education, health care, and business services companies.

Tom is Board Chair of US News Global Education and is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.  He is co-author of the Bain & Company white paper, The Financially Sustainable University, which analyzed the financial health of all four-year colleges and universities in the United States and outlined solutions for creating new revenue streams that benefited students and other university stakeholders. Previously, Tom was the founding Board Chair of the Alliance for Business Leadership, an organization of CEOs committed to changing the role of business leadership in society.

Tom is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where he was a Rhodes Scholar candidate and Phi Beta Kappa member. He also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he was awarded the Goldsmith Fellowship.

Basil Cleveland Executive Vice President + Co-Founder

Basil Cleveland

Executive Vice President + Co-Founder

Basil Cleveland is Executive Vice President & Co-founder of Shorelight.

Basil brings years of expertise in international education to his role as Executive Vice President of Shorelight Education. Prior to co-founding Shorelight, Basil helped build Kaplan’s global business while establishing 60+ transnational degree programs as senior vice president of Kaplan Global Solutions. At Kaplan, he developed partnership programs in Hong Kong, China, and Singapore, including complex consortia relationships with elite U.S., U.K., and Australian universities.

Basil holds a Ph.D. in literature and philosophy from Boston University, where he also earned an M.F.A. under the tutelage of three-time U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. In addition, he is one of the founding editors of Antilever Press, a nonprofit publisher of contemporary poetry.

Pamela Bates Chief Operating Officer

Pamela Bates

Chief Operating Officer

Pamela serves on Shorelight’s leadership team as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Pamela is responsible for managing and delivering on all operations across the organization.

As a former senior managing director at Kaplan International, she is well versed in leading operations for higher education programs and English language schools. During her tenure at Kaplan, she managed a staff of more than 100 and oversaw operations for U.S.-based pathway programs.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Pamela oversaw U.S. operations for EC English Language Centers. Starting her career in international education at a young age, Pamela served as an intern for global women’s issues at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Pamela received a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from Wheaton College, where she continues to volunteer and serves as class president.

Lynnet Conley Chief Financial Officer

Lynnet Conley

Chief Financial Officer

Lynnet brings over 25 years of leadership in financial management and international operations to her role as Chief Financial Officer.

As an operationally minded, results-oriented leader, Lynnet has significant experience with high-growth global organizations. Before joining Shorelight, she most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Vistra, a global business services provider specializing in corporate, company formation, international expansion, and administrative trust and fiduciary services, overseeing a team of 200 finance associates worldwide.

Lynnet has held several leadership positions advancing global organizations, including Radius, Inc., Automatic Data Processing, Inc., ES-Major Account Services and Employer Services International.

Conley received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Masters in Business Administration with distinction from Babson College.

Johan De Muinck Keizer SVP & General Counsel

Johan De Muinck Keizer

SVP & General Counsel

Johan is the Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Shorelight Education.

Prior to joining Shorelight, he was executive vice president and chief acquisitions officer at Kaplan, where he built and led a sophisticated legal department, delivering expert service globally. Johan was part of the management team that grew Kaplan from a $240 million test-prep company to a web-centric $3 billion diversified multinational corporation with more than 30,000 employees.

Raised in the Netherlands, Johan moved to the United States to attend university. Johan holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brown University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Alyssa Gray Chief Technology Officer

Alyssa Gray

Chief Technology Officer

Alyssa Gray is the Chief Technology Officer at Shorelight. Before being promoted to CTO, she spent 2 years as the Senior Director of Product Management and was initially brought to Shorelight to design and build the Shorelight Live platform.

Prior to working at Shorelight, she spent 6 years as the Director of Product Development and Design at MBS Direct, an education company that partners K-12 schools and higher education institutions to provide educational services to students and faculty. Her main focus was building a custom eBook platform for the education space and supporting tools. She has 20 years in the EdTech space building custom software tools for both k-12 and higher education spaces.

Alyssa is a graduate of Ithaca College where earned a degree in Corporate Communications.

Chris Hoehn-Saric GM, Shorelight LIVE and Postgraduate

Chris Hoehn-Saric

GM, Shorelight LIVE and Postgraduate

Prior to joining Shorelight, Chris was a principal and deputy chief of staff to the chairman at the Parthenon Group, a global strategic advisory firm. He led growth strategy, branding, and merger and acquisition–related efforts with large higher education and health care clients.

Since 2016, Chris has led the incubation and development of Shorelight Live. In his current role at Shorelight, Chris is responsible for overall strategy, management, and development of products, distribution, and technology for Shorelight Live.

Chris graduated with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Board Members

Chris Hoehn-Saric Chairman

Chris Hoehn-Saric


Chris Hoehn-Saric is chairmain of the Shorelight board of directors, co-founded Sterling Partners in 1983 and is co-chair of the investment committee.

As chairman of the board of directors, he works on all aspects of the deal process including identification and due diligence of prospective acquisitions, and management and oversight of the active portfolio. He currently works on the following portfolio companies: Keypath Education, Meritas, I/O Data Centers, Spartan College, and Tribeca Flashpoint Academy.

Immediately prior to rejoining the investment team at Sterling, Chris was chief executive officer of Educate Online. Prior to this position, he was the chair and co-CEO of Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.

Chris attended Johns Hopkins University, where he now belongs to the boards of trustees for both Johns Hopkins University and Sheridan Libraries. He also serves on the board of managers of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Shoshana Vernick Board Member

Shoshana Vernick

Board Member

Shoshana joined Sterling in 2003 and is a Managing Director of Avathon Capital. Prior to Sterling, Shoshana served as an Associate at One Equity Partners LLC, where she worked on direct private equity transactions including venture and management buyouts, and at Razorfish, a digital solutions provider. She began her career at Merrill Lynch in the Global Industries Group. She received a BS with honors from Indiana University in accounting, finance and international studies. Shoshana is a member of the Board of City Year Chicago.

Andrew Cohen Board member

Andrew Cohen

Board member

Andy Cohen is the Chief Investment Officer and Co-founder of Cohen Private Ventures, LLC. He manages the family office for Steven A. Cohen, investing and overseeing a portfolio of private investments among other responsibilities at the firm since 2010.

Prior to this position, Andy was an analyst and portfolio manager for S.A.C. Capital Advisors from 2002 to 2005, where he invested in public equities and debt securities. Then, from 2005 to 2009, he was a partner of Dune Capital Management LP, an investment management firm based in New York City. Andy began his career at Morgan Stanley, where he was an analyst in the real estate principal investing group and then an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group after business school.

Andy currently serves as a board member for a number of private companies, including the New York Mets baseball club. He received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

William Hansen Board member

William Hansen

Board member

Bill Hansen has more than 30 years of experience in education at the K–12 and postsecondary levels.

Prior to becoming USA Funds’ president and chief executive officer in July 2013, Bill worked for 15 years in the public sector and 20 years in the corporate and nonprofit sectors.

Most recently, Bill was chair and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C., consulting firm Madison Education Group. He also served as president of Policy Impact Communications, a Washington-based public relations and government affairs firm. Bill served as deputy U.S. secretary of education from 2001–2003 and previously served as assistant secretary for management and budget and as chief financial officer.

Bill’s previous private sector experience includes service as president and chair of Scantron Corporation and Global Scholar. He has been an advisory board member for the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, Brigham Young University–Idaho, the George W. Romney Institute of Public Management at BYU, and Southern Virginia University. A graduate from George Mason University in Virginia, Bill also attended Idaho State University, which recognized him as a distinguished alumnus in 2003.

Nancy Hung Board Member

Nancy Hung

Board Member

Nancy Hung is Head of Private Equity and Co-Head of Portfolio Management of the Family Office at Cohen Private Ventures, which oversees family office activities for and invests long-term capital in direct private investments, fund managers, real estate and other opportunistic transactions on behalf of Steven A. Cohen and his family.

Prior to this position, Nancy was an Assistant Vice President at GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, in the private equity and co-investments group covering the Americas. Prior to that, she was an M&A analyst at Credit Suisse in New York.

Nancy currently serves as a board member for several private companies.

Nancy holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.

Jeffery Keith Board member

Jeffery Keith

Board member

Jeffery Keith has more than 25 years of executive and board experience in private and nonprofit organizations and education.

He has founded or co-founded multiple successful companies in various sectors including education, retail, manufacturing, financial services, and commercial real estate.

Currently, Jeffery is a senior operating partner at Sterling Partners, a $5 billion private equity fund that invests in education. He is the chairman of the board for multiple Sterling education companies including Spartan College and Tribeca Flashpoint College, and serves on the board of the National Research Center for College and University Admissions and Amerigo Education. Jeffery is a special peer reviewer for the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additionally, he serves on the board of the University of Dubuque, Alliant International University, and Calumet College of St. Joseph.

Jeffery was the chief visionary and architect of the TCS Education System where he served as an executive. TCS was the first Type II SO nonprofit system created in education and includes various colleges and universities (the Chicago School, Saybrook University, Pacific Oaks College, Dallas Nursing Institute, and the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law). He holds an M.B.A. and B.S. in economics and management from Purdue University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. (A.B.D.) from the Stuart Graduate School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Additionally, Jeffery has a graduate certification in financial law from the Kent College of Law and attended Harvard’s Graduate School of Education IEM program.

John D. Kelly Board Member

John D. Kelly

Board Member

John is the executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer for Huron, where he oversees the company’s global finance and accounting organization, investor relations, corporate planning, tax, treasury, and the execution of capital deployment and financing strategies. Prior to his appointment as CFO, John most recently served as corporate vice president, chief accounting officer and treasurer for Huron. In that role, he was responsible for the enterprise-wide management of a variety of functions, including corporate finance, financial risk management, global cash management, treasury operations and credit and collections.

Prior to becoming a corporate leader at Huron, John served as a Director in Huron’s Disputes and Investigations practice, where he specialized in complex accounting and financial restatement projects.

John also previously held several positions with Deloitte & Touche’s Assurance and Advisory Services team, culminating in his role as an Audit Senior Manager, serving a number of publicly traded manufacturing and service provider clients.

He received both his Master of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. John is a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois).

James Roth Board member

James Roth

Board member

Jim Roth serves as chief executive officer, president, and member of the board of directors of Huron Consulting Group Inc.

Before taking on these roles at Huron in 2009, he served as the company’s vice president and practice group leader of its Health and Education Consulting segment.

With more than 30 years of consulting experience, Jim has worked with many of the premier research universities and academic medical centers. Moreover, under his leadership Huron has been named by Consulting magazine as one of the “Best Firms to Work For” (2011–2014) and been ranked number three on four Modern Healthcare’s lists of “Largest Healthcare Management Consulting Firms.”

Jim is a frequent speaker in national forums on matters relating to higher education and academic medical centers. In March 2013, he was appointed to the board of Aviv REIT, a self-administered real estate investment trust specializing in skilled nursing facilities. He received a B.A. in political science and economics from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.